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Confluence nets a $500,000 grant

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Confluence Project received another major grant in support of Maya Lin’s final art installation along the Columbia River at Celilo Park.

The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has awarded a $500,000 capital grant to help build a curved, elevated walkway, modeled after tribal fishing platforms, at Celilo Park east of The Dalles. Confluence’s sixth project site along the Columbia River tells the story of Celilo Falls, a center of trade and culture for millennia before it was submerged under water by The Dalles Dam in 1957.

The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund was created in 1970 by the late Maybelle Clark Macdonald and her husband, Fred Macdonald, with the mission to relieve the misfortune and promote the well-being of mankind.

“This gift is an incredible step forward in our capital campaign. But it’s more meaningful than that,” said Colin Fogarty, executive director of Confluence. “We hope that connecting future generations to Celilo Falls will be a fitting legacy to the tremendous generosity and thoughtfulness of Maybelle Clark Macdonald.”

The grant comes after Arlene Schnitzer pledged $1 million for the project, in honor of her son, Jordan Schnitzer and Pink Martini band leader, Thomas Lauderdale. The project is also supported by these grants:

• $500,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust

• $150,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation

• $250,000 from the Ford Family Foundation

• $250,000 from the Collins Foundation

Last year, the Oregon legislature allocated $1.5 million to the Celilo Park restoration project. It is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Over the next three years, the Celilo Park project will invest more than $10 million to design on three acres of land, improve the park’s facilities, and improve access to both the park and the adjacent tribal treaty fishing access site. Confluence is a non-profit organization that connects people to place through art and education.

The group works in collaboration with Northwest communities, tribes and renowned artist Maya Lin to create reflective moments that can shape the future of the Columbia River system. Confluence shares stories of this river through six public art installations, educational programs, community engagement and a rich digital experience.

For more information about Confluence, please contact executive director Colin Fogarty at or call 360-693-0123.


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